Harper in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of the McDonald Massacre
On August 8, 1864, at a nearby spring, Jim Taylor's wife Gill was surprised by a band of Kiowas and wounded by an arrow. Before she died, she warned the others, who took refuge in the cabin. After a brief fight, the Indians killed Eli McDonald. They captured his wife Caroline and daughters Mahala and Becky Jane; and Alice, James, and Dorcas, children of Matthew's son Zed. Matthew's wife “Aunt Hannah” escaped and hid in a cave in what is now Harper Community Park.
Matthew and Jim Taylor discovered the tragedy the next day and sought help from Eli McDonald's nephew Monroe. The two victims of the massacre were buried near Spring Creek, twelve miles east of Harper. “Aunt Hannah” was found and reunited with her husband. The captives wandered as
Further research indicates that the raid on the Taylor-McDonald home occurred on August 8, 1865.
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10077.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 17.953′ N, 99° 14.863′ W. Marker is in Harper, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 783 and U.S. 290, on the left when traveling south on State Highway 783. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harper TX 78631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harper Independent School District (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Peter Lutheran Church (approx. 12.3 miles away); Spanish Road to Santa Fe, 1808 (approx. 12.3 miles away); Squaw Creek Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 12.6 miles away); Great Western Cattle Trail (approx. 13˝ miles away); Lange's Mill (approx. 14.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,400 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.